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Dining Services

Sustainable Dining

Reusable Dishware and Utensils

Dining in? Use reusable utensils, cups and plates when eating at Dining locations.

If you bring in your own reusable cup or mug when purchasing fountain beverages or coffee, you will receive a .20 discount.

Shopping at the markets? Help reduce paper bag usage by bringing in a canvas or reusable bag, and receive a .05 discount.

Remember to return reusable ware to our locations if you take them back to your suite or apartment.

Menus of Change

UC San Diego is one of 45 colleges and universities participating in Menus of Change, an initiative created by the Culinary Institute of America and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Menus of Change is composed of the following principles, designed to guide healthy and sustainable eating:

Pre-Consumer Composting Program

All HDH Dining locations participate in pre-consumer composting. Pre-consumer waste (melon rinds, vegetable peels, coffee grounds, etc) during the food preparation process are diverted from landfills. Republic Services collects and turns our collected pre-consumer waste into nutrient-rich compost.

How can you help reduce waste? Properly sort trash and recycling after eating. If you’re unsure of what goes where, reference the pictures posted at each collection station for guidance.

141 tons were diverted to composting in the 2017-2018 academic year.

Winter 2019 Eco-Container Pilot Program

Available at Pines and Roots

Choose to reuse by participating in this new pilot program! All residents have credit for two Eco-Containers on their campus ID card. Watch our video to learn more.

Staff, faculty, and commuter students interested in participating in the pilot program can sign up.

Donation Partnerships

Fair Trade

All coffee, espresso, and brewed tea in HDH Dining Service locations is Fair Trade. This certification helps support farmers and their communities, and ensure that sustainable agro-ecological practices are followed.

Sustainable Market Offerings

Visit the markets for a wide selection of eco-friendly products, ranging from household goods, health and beauty items, cleaning supplies and of course, food! Learn more about some of the brands we carry and their commitment to sustainability, by visiting their website.

Learn more about campus sustainability at

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